California Hot Springs Directory and Guide
There is an abundance of both public and private (commercial) natural geothermal hot springs located in both Northern and Southern California. Being the third largest state in the nation with over 163,000 square miles, California’s terrain is vast and sweeping. It is one of the most geographically diverse states from mountains and coastal ranges, valleys, rivers and lakes to the incredible Mojave desert and of course – hot springs.
California Hot Springs Locator Map
Please use the map at the top of the homepage (this page) to find natural hot springs pools located throughout the state.
*Hint* Use the “Hot Springs Near Me” button at any time to locate the soaks closest to your current location.
California’s Geothermal Background
California is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, comprised of a chain of volcanoes. This volcanic activity is where California’s hot springs were born. Natural hot springs have been around since before the dawn of man.
Throughout the world, they have been utilized for their perceived medicinal benefits along with being centralized locations for religious rites and ceremonies. In the United States, Native Americans held hot springs as sacred places. Often, hot springs were a place of neutrality that even warring tribes could come together and be at peace.
As the States became more populated, many hot springs took a turn towards decadence and posh. Resorts and spas boomed for an era, offering the well to do somewhere to indulge in the rejuvenating pools, especially in the late 1800s. This fad was not to last. Hot springs resorts began to lose their luster and many were abandoned and left to ruin.
Today, hot springs are still revered and sought after. From the rustic natural hot springs to the more commercialized, five-star resort, California brings the soak seeker whatever their heart desires.
In order to assist with finding your favorite hot water soak California hot springs listings contain access information, pool conditions, hours, directions, maps, rates, facility information, ratings, pictures, video clips and more.
Leave No Trace Applies
It is important to remember when visiting a hot springs in California or any state to leave it in better shape than when you arrived. Please leave no trace, bring no glass and embrace the experience.
Public Bathing Notice
No Soap, Shampoo or BIO-Soap/Shampoo Allowed in Hot Springs! Avoid Being Fined!
Public hot springs in California are not bathing facilities and do not have ‘plumbing’ like that of commercial, improved hot springs. Soap and shampoo (including biodegradable soap and shampoo) do not completely breakdown naturally. This pollutes our water systems (ingested by fish, animals, humans) at or near the source. This is also illegal in most wilderness and public lands areas. Report suspicious activity to corresponding regional public lands officials (take pictures).
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